What increases my risk for fecal incontinence?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Fecal incontinence is typically diagnosed by your symptoms, a medical history, and sometimes a physical exam. The doctor will need to know how often your symptoms occur and what circumstances surround the occurrences. Various diagnostic tests can help your doctor confirm fecal incontinence and find its cause. Your doctor may examine your rectum with their finger to evaluate the strength of your sphincter muscles and look for problems like rectal prolapse. Your doctor may perform an anal manometry, in which they will use a device known as a manometer to measure the amount of pressure your sphincter muscles are capable of producing. Other tests you might undergo include proctography, proctosigmoidoscopy, anal electromyography, anorectal ultrasonography, and proctography.

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